Bright Eyes’ last album, “Cassadaga,” was a success. It had the best sales in its debut week in the history of Saddle Creek Records, its album cover design won a Grammy and Rolling Stone said it was one of the best albums of the year.
Since then, Bright Eyes’ main man, Conor Oberst, started two other bands and made a lot of music, but very little of it bore the Bright Eyes name.
Here’s what he’s been up to since “Cassadaga,” musically speaking:
“Conor Oberst” — Oberst’s first solo album was recorded in Tepoztlan, Mexico, and was released on Merge Records.
“Outer South” — Also released on Merge, this record was made with Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band and featured songs written and sung by the band members.
“Monsters of Folk” — Oberst and fellow Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis joined forces with singer-songwriter M. Ward and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James to form indie rock supergroup the Monsters of Folk.
“One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels” — Saddle Creek re-released this compilation featuring songs written collaboratively between Bright Eyes and Neva Dinova. The re-release included four new tracks.
“Coyote Song” — Bright Eyes was one of the first bands to join in a boycott of Arizona to protest the state’s immigration laws. A download of “Coyote Song” was offered to fund a charitable organization that provides legal help to immigrants detained in Arizona.
— Kevin Coffey